Greatest Easter Egg Hunters, Just Did’R, And An Amazing Showcase

DD Easter Hunt Cards

Last night, April 16, 2013, VFS Digital Design put on one of the best editions of the DD Showcase yet. According to Senior Motion Design Instructor, Kyle Norby, the bar for work quality just keeps getting higher with each new class.

The evening started off with some awards for past events. First, came the awards for the greatest Easter Hunter. Digital Design decided to have a little bit of fun last Easter and planted small hollow plastic eggs all around the campus building, each one containing a different image of a staff or faculty member costumed in a suitably silly Easter-bunny type style. They then set the students out on a mission to find the complete set. The first three people (or teams) to find the full set won a prize. The tough part was, there were only 3 of one the images to be found. But even if you didn’t get the full set, there was always the possibility of finding the “wild egg” of Darren McQuaid, which promptly got you a chocolate bunny.

Greatest Easter Egg Hunters

Pictured, from left to right: Antonio Augusto Braz Dos Santos, Kayla Cherkas, Kyle Vandekleut and Craig Wilson

Here are the greatest Easter Egg Hungers of the 2013 Digital Design Easter Egg Hunt, going in reverse order:

  • Third Prize : Kyle Vandekleut & Craig Wilson 
  • Second Prize: Antonio Augusto Braz Dos Santos 
  • First Prize: Kayla Cherkas & Evan Bashir

Next up was the final award for the recent 45hr SLAM, which was held last month (March 22nd). This award was deliberated upon by a secret special judge over the course of a couple of weeks, and was finally revealed last night. And the winners for the Just Did’r Award were….

Winners of the Just Did'r 45hr SLAM Award

Team Ultra Swank (Left – Right):  Antonio Augusto Braz Dos SantosVictor Tran,Kayla CherkasZak WoytowichKyle Vandekleut and Chris Arias-Carras (not in photo), for their project, Wink.

Then the Showcase got on its way, presenting Motion Design work from students in all three current classes (24, 25 & 26). The show was great, the audience had a great time, and some of the work was simply amazing. We hope to bring you some samples in the near future.

Here are the names of the students whose work was presented last night, in the order of their appearance:

DD26 (Motion 2 Finals):
Ali Lupu
Antonio Santos
Breanne Jansen
Kyle Vandekleut and Kevin Lee
Macarena Garcia
Seo Seung
Tais Lessa
Thanat “Arm” Sattavorn
Austin Wendenburg
Jenny Bourne
Min Choi
Ryan Bevans
Scott Dutertre
Emma Frost

DD25 (Motion 4 – Title Sequences):
Chris Chan
Matt Coady and Jaime Ugarte
Kayla Cherkas and Laura Torres
Sandi Tirado
Sebastian Almaguer
Craig Wilson
Ismael “Mes” Cosio & Victor Tran & Cole Derochie
Chris Chan (3D2 work)
Cole Derochie (3D2 work)

DD24 (Various Senior Work):
Mehdi Nowroozi
Novita “Vivi” Prasetia
Michael Stevenson

There was one piece last night that definitely stood out. According to Kyle Norby, “The most impressive piece was from a student in our 26th class, Cesar Augusto Martinez Velazquez. His 10 years of experience as an art director and instructor show in his stunning animation, A Rather Lovely Thing. This piece has the quality of a graduate project, yet he managed to do this in term 2. With breath-taking color theory, design principles and animation, coupled with flawless staging and timing, this project emotionally swept the audience into a state of awe. We are so incredibly proud of him and are eager to see what else he creates in the program in the months ahead.”

Stay tuned for an opportunity to view Cesar’s outstanding work.

Still from Cesar Martinez's A Rather Lovely Thing

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